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​​​​ITU Symposium on The Future Networked Car
Geneva, Switzerland, 5-6 March 2014

 5 March 2014​

Opening and Welcome

0930-0940Welcome remarks by ​Malcolm Johnson (Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, Int​ernational Telecommunication Union (ITU))​ (bio) [Speech]

High-level programme

0940-1100 An Innovative Path to “Bend the Curve” on Global Road Safety

Each year, 1.24 million people are killed and 20 to 50 million injured on the world’s road. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) the number of people killed in traffic-related accidents is expected to steadily rise to 2 million by 2030. To “bend the curve” on global road traffic injury and deaths worldwide, a series of public/private partnerships with a coalition of like-minded organizations and companies is required. This session will provide a strategic platform for convening​ these organizations and advancing the implementation of initiatives to address global road safety challenges.

Moderator: Laura Herman (Managing Director, FSG)

1100-1130 Coffee​
1130-1300 High-level dialogue on Innovation for the Future Car

Strategists representing the automotive and ICT industries will frame the debate around ‘The Future Networked Car’ by offering insight into exciting developments in this arena as well as the key challenges lying ahead.

Tiff Needell (Presenter, Fifth Gear TV programme and former racing driver)

130​0-1400 Lunch

​​Techn​ical programme

1400-1530 Session 1: Autopilot - Communications needs for automated driving

Numerous companies and research organizations have developed working-prototype autonomous vehicles and it is reasonable to assume that the utopia of automated driving might soon become a reality. This session will present the latest developments in the area of automated driving and will review the requirements of vehicular communication systems.

Moderator: Hans W. Gierlich (HEAD acoustics) (bio)

1530-1600 Coffee
1600-1730​ Session 2: What if? - Human factors and regulatory requirements for the introduction of automated driving

“Every driver shall at all times be able to control his vehicle or to guide his animals” reads article 8, paragraph 5 of the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic (signed in 1968), the international treaty designed to facilitate international road travel and increase road safety by establishing standard traffic rules to which contracting parties adhere. Automated driving is a game-changer, not only for technology but also for traffic regulation and the roles and responsibilities of drivers. Particularly​ challenging will be the transition period where vehicle control may need to be handed-off to drivers when automation fails or is temporarily not available. This session will demonstrate the need to incorporate human factors in the automated future, also discussing how such a future will impact global road traffic policy. This session is organized jointly with the UNECE Inland Transport Committee, the United Nations body governing the legal instrume​nts that su​pport our transport systems.​​​

Moderator: Ian Yarnold (Department for Transport, UK; Co-Chair of ITS informal working group of UNECE/WP.29) (bio)


 6 March 2014

0930-1100 Session 3: Pimp my driving experience and save my life - Cars and roadside connected

Connecting road users and roadside infrastructure plays a crucial role in making transport safe, convenient and efficient. Toll bridges, emergency response, traffic lights, parking meters and bus stops form part of an Internet of Things at the road users’ service. This session will highlight examples of connected roadside infrastructure; discussing safety benefits, communication needs and reviewing challenges, such as those associa​ted with achieving interoperability. The session will also showcase how the transport sector is making use of data and will explore opportunities and challenges for car makers, network operators and service providers.

Moderator: Paul Conneally (ITU) (bio)

​1130-1300Session 4: Automated emergency calls - Cars and roadside connected

Automated in-vehicle emergency call systems are seen by many as means to reduce emergency response times and thereby contribute to saving lives. From October 2​015, all new models of passenger cars and light duty vehicles EU-wide are to be fitted with eCall – the European solution for automated in-vehicle emergency call systems – and the necessary infrastructure for the proper receipt and handling of automated emergency calls needs to be in place. This session will review the deployment status, requirements and constraints from different perspectives.

Moderator: Alexey Rakhmanov​ (Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, Russian Federation) (bio)

130​0-1400 Lunch​
1400-1530 ​Session 5: There’s an app for that - Nomadic devices and cars

Few inventions changed lives as much as the automobile, the mobile phone and the Internet. The mobile Internet has found its way into vehicles and we are today witnessing the automotive industry adopting ICT innovations, and vice versa. This session will discuss how to achieve a seamless integration of nomadic devices in the car environment, opportunities created by an in-car app ecosystem, and the growing concern of technology-caused driver distraction.

Moderator: Toby Johnson (ITU) (bi​o)

1530-1600​ Conclusions

Moderator: Reinhard Scholl (ITU) (bio) [Conclusions of Symposium]

A review of the synergies identified d​uring the symposium, as well as coordination and standardization gaps, with the intention of plotting the course ahead for the convergence of cars and ICTs. Both the automotive and ICT industries are working towards safe, efficient and interoperable vehicular ICT solutions, and this session will highlight actions to accelerate progress towards this goal.​
1600-1630 ​Informal discussion ​over coffee


The Symposium on the Future Networked Car is kindly supported by